Our Crown Treatment
Crowns For Healthy, Better Looking Teeth
A crown is a form of a cap that completely covers a real tooth. It is made from either metal, or porcelain and metal, and is then completely fixed into your mouth.
Crowns, otherwise known as ‘caps’, are the ideal restoration for teeth that have undergone a large filling, have been weakened by decay or broken. A crown simply fits over the existing tooth, strengthening the tooth while leaving a natural shape.
For crown fittings, you will need to visit the practice at least twice. At your initial consultation, your dentist will prepare your existing tooth, take impressions, make a note of the shade of your tooth and then fit a temporary crown. It does not hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown – you will be given a local anaesthetic and the procedure will feel similar to a filling.
At your second visit, your dentist will fit a permanent crown. The crown will be made to match your other teeth as closely as possible – the shade of your teeth is recorded at your initial appointment to ensure that the colour of the crown looks natural and matches the surrounding teeth as closely as possible.
The life-span of your crown is dependant on how well you take care of it – it is important to look after your crown the same way you would your natural teeth. Well looked after crowns should last for many years, typically between five and fifteen years.
Benefits and Aftercare
In addition to strengthening damaged teeth, crowns can improve the tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion. Gaps caused by remaining teeth can cause the teeth to shift, which can then result in a bad bite. Crowns prevent this from happening.
In order to keep teeth and gums healthy, ensure that you are brushing twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. See your dentist for regular check-ups and professional cleaning. To avoid damage to your dental crowns, avoid chewing hard foods.
Questions about Dental Crowns
Why Is A Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be required in each of the following circumstances: To support and cover a tooth with a large filling when not a lot of tooth is remaining, To protect a weak tooth, for instance from decay, from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, To restore a severely worn down or broken tooth, To hold a dental bridge in place, To cover a dental implant.
What Types Of Crowns Are Available?
There are four types of dental crowns available:
- Ceramic crowns are used to restore front teeth and are most popular for this purpose for their ability to match with your natural tooth colour
- Porcelain-fused to metal crowns provide a stronger bond than regular porcelain as it is connected to a metal structure
- Gold alloy crowns are made from a mix of gold, copper and other metals. Gold alloys provide a strong bond to the tooth and does not wear away the tooth itself
- Base metal alloy crowns are made up of non-noble metals which are highly resistant to corrosion and make for a very strong crown
What Steps Are Involved in Preparing a Tooth for a Crown?
- Your dentist will begin by numbing your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue
- The tooth that the crown is being fitted to will be filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown
- Your dentist will make a note of the shade of your tooth to ensure the colour of the crown looks natural and blends with your other teeth
- Your dentist will use a putty to create an impression of your tooth to receive the crown. Impressions of the teeth above and below the tooth to receive the crown will also be taken to ensure the procedure does not affect your bite
- A temporary crown will be fitted to your prepared tooth while the permanent crown is manufactured- this entire process typically takes between 1-2 weeks
How Should I Care for My Temporary Dental Crown?
You should brush your teeth as usual, including the temporary crown fixture. If you find that the tooth is sensitive to pressure, or hot and cold temperatures, use a desensitizing toothpaste. If sensitivity increases or continues for longer than a few days, please contact our offices for further care advice.
During this time, please avoid chewy, hard and sticky foods such as gum, hard fruit and vegetables and jelly beans.
What Problems Could Develop With a Dental Crown?
- Discomfort and sensitivity. You may experience some sensitivity immediately after the procedure and as the local anaesthetic begins to wear off throughout the day. It is possible that you could experience pain and sensitivity when biting down- this can mean that the crown is too high on the tooth. In this case, please call your dentist for further advice.
- Chipping. Crowns that are made from porcelain, or porcelain-fused to metal can sometimes chip. A composite resin can be used to repair the chip if the chip is small in size. If the chipping of the crown is substantial, the crown may need to be replaced.
- Crown falls off. Crowns can fall off as a result of decaying of the underlying tooth and loosening of the cementing material used to fit the crown. If your crown falls off, please contact your dentist immediately- you will be given specific instructions on how to care for your tooth until you can be seen. It may be possible to re-cement the crown, alternatively a new crown will be made as a replacement.
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